The well-documented awkward moment at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting should serve as a warning to Tesla about exposing Elon to unfiltered crowds. No need to get into more detail. Just read this:
Public figures require attention, whether from a constituency who votes them in or out of office, shareholders who decide their economic benefit to the corporation, or fans who judge their performances. However, on the periphery of this normal attention resides a very real risk; that of a much smaller group of individuals who lack the ability to discriminate between their own private fantasies and the figure’s public behavior. They may be personally insulted by perceived betrayal, fanatically in love due to a perceived affectionate or sexual invitation, or simply preoccupied with the daily life of the public figure. Such individuals may fixate and do nothing more. Others communicate or approach in a disturbing way. A few will threaten. And on rare occasions, one will breach the public figure’s security perimeter and attack.
That’s the overview of a 2008 book called “Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures.” Connect the dots to Tuesday’s event.